31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

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31 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Inari
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Rauma
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Tampere
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  8​h
End: Barcelona

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get some cultural insight at Rovaniemi Church and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Kopara Reindeer Park. Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto) and Ranua Zoo (in Ranua). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at SantaPark, admire the sheer force of Auttikongas, hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and have fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip tool .

Barcelona, Spain to Rovaniemi is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Barcelona in November, things will get much colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around -2°C and lows about -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Luosto, Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Safaris

3
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ice Karting Levi. Escape the urban bustle at Levi Ski Resort and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Take a break from Levi with a short trip to Snow Village in Kittila, about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land and don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

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You can take a bus from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Levi, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kittila, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 30th (Thu), experience rural life at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then see the interesting displays at Siida.

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You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Levi to Inari in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Inari are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

3
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Olavinlinna Castle and Pikkukirkko. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kerimaki Church and Savonlinna Cathedral. Take a break from Savonlinna with a short trip to Imatra Waterfall in Imatra, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum and find something for the whole family at Punkaharjun Kesamaa.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna attractions planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. Traveling from Inari in December, expect Savonlinna to be a bit warmer, temps between -1°C and -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Punkaharju, Imatra Waterfall, Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

3
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Explore hidden gems such as Arboretum Mustila and St. John's Church. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry and Salpa Line Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kotka: Stromfors Iron Works (in Ruotsinpyhtaa) and Loviisan kirkko (in Loviisa). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, and admire the striking features of Hamina Town Hall.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotka online attractions planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kotka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Kotka, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hamina, Loviisan kirkko, Salpa Line Museum, Arboretum Mustila, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

4
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Get some cultural insight at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and National Museum of Finland. Get in touch with nature at Aurlahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, pause for some serene contemplation at Kallio Church, kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, and steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip site .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Aurlahti Beach, Porvoo Old Town
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Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku Castle and Archangel Michael's church will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Turku Cathedral and Forum Marinum. When in Turku, make a side trip to see Kurjenrahka National Park in Poytya, approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum, explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and trek along The Archipelago Trail.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Turku trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

3
nights
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Rauma and Central Pori Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Yyteri Beach and Automobile Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Uusikaupunki (Bonk Keskus Ky & Uusikaupunki Old Church), Villa Mairea (in Noormarkku) and Juselius Mausoleum (in Pori). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, get engrossed in the history at Rauman museo, Vanha Raatihuone, and examine the collection at Marela Museum House.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rauma trip planner .

You can drive from Turku to Rauma in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Rauma

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Pori, Uusikaupunki, Villa Mairea
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Uusikaupunki Old Church ©
Uusikaupunki Old Church

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rauhaniemi Beach and Pyynikki observation tower. Visit Tampere Cathedral and Hauhon kirkko for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Museo Militaria (in Haemeenlinna) and Holy Cross Church (in Parola). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, get engrossed in the history at Emil Aaltosen Museo, enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Old Church.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rauma to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Holy Cross Church
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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